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Spamblock needed

  • SMS doesn't work for PC/laptop only users. Nor would I tell them my phone info if I came here to ask a question about desktop Opera - I don't give out my info, I have a prepay plan and you're using my money when you text or call me. As long as they still accept email as well...

  • For SMS verification you don't need to send SMS, just give the site your phone number and they will send you a SMS with code and you enter the recieved verification code to website.

    Costs for the site a bit, but dealing with excessive amounts of spam is not cheap either (even if you have non-paid moderators deal with most of it).

  • I've been playing with a Tampermonkey script to hide all those spam posts (the annoying ones at least) in the "Opera for Windows" section. I'm limiting threads in the list to subjects that only contain printable ascii and hiding the rest.

    // ==UserScript==
    // @name         Block Spam on Opera Forums
    // @namespace    https://example.com/
    // @version      0.1
    // @description  try to take over the world!
    // @author       You
    // @match        https://forums.opera.com/category/11/opera-for-windows
    // @grant        none
    // ==/UserScript==
    
    (function() {
        'use strict';
            var titles = document.querySelectorAll("tr.Item > td.Discussion > h3 > a.Title");
            for (var i = 0; i < titles.length; ++i) {
                var subject = titles[i].textContent;
                if (!(/^[\x20-\x7E]*$/.test(subject))) {
                   // select ancestor tr.Item and hide it
                    titles[i].parentNode.parentNode.parentNode.style.display = "none";
                }
            }
    })();
    

    In the case that the page is all spam posts, the thread table will be empty and you'd just go on to the next page.

    A more advanced script could auto-flag those posts.

    But, something like this could be done (for the English section) server-side to automatically put the new thread up for moderation.

  • I posted (in the wrong forum) about this very thing and got a very snarky response from Leo.

  • // @match        https://forums.opera.com/category/11/opera-for-windows
    

    Make that:

    // @match        https://forums.opera.com/category/11/opera-for-windows*
  • Just to make it nicer, I switch the script to use forEach:

    // ==UserScript==
    // @name         Hide Spam Posts in 'Opera for Windows' Forum
    // @namespace    burnout426
    // @version      0.1
    // @description  try to take over the world!
    // @author       Michael A. Puls II
    // @match        https://forums.opera.com/category/11/opera-for-windows*
    // @grant        none
    // ==/UserScript==
    
    (function() {
        'use strict';
        document.querySelectorAll("tr.Item > td.Discussion > h3 > a.Title").forEach(function(title) {
            if (!(/^[\x20-\x7E]*$/.test(title.textContent))) {
                // Hide ancestor tr.Item
                title.parentNode.parentNode.parentNode.style.display = "none";
            }
        });
    })();
    

    Still been working really well at hiding all the spam posts.

  • In my opinion, the forum should:

    • Limit the number of joins in a day. At least from the same IP.
    • Implement a 'first post needs approval' policy
  • @leocg:

    +1.

    your 2nd proposal would also reduce the number of vapid threads with pointless complaints from n00bs about opera's alleged shortcomings etc and thus improve the overall signal/noise ratio and quality of the forum.

  • Ok, so how to we get the ball rolling on implementing something? Who's handling the forum code these days? Would they consider the "first post needs approval" policy? If not, what are they willing to implement?

  • Sigh! Given that there are roughly 4.7 quintillion character combinations in a 12-character user name, at 150 spams a day (which seems the spammer's current pace for a 'good' day) and averaging 2.5 spams per user-name before the name gets banned, it will take roughly at least 215 trillion years to exhaust all user-name character combinations by banning. Somehow, I have a feeling that the present mechanism of banning user-names for spam control isn't working --

  • Hold tight - we're working on a solution :knight:

  • Hold tight - we're working on a solution

    Well, thus far it seems to be working. Or at least, it's working for the Asian spam that was so afflicting the forums.

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